Political Parties Matter

Political Parties Matter : Realignment and the Return of Partisan Voting

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After years of decline, why has party attachment become a strong force once again in U.S. politics? Jeffrey Stonecash argues that the recent resurgence of partisanship is but the latest chapter in a larger story of party realignment - a story that reaffirms the centrality of political parties. Stonecash marshals rich data from more than a century of elections to highlight unexpected patterns of voting behavior with key significance today. As party constituencies continue to reorganize, he contends convincingly, the US will face the strengthening of party attachments and growing political polarization.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 175 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1588263940
  • 9781588263940

Table of contents

The Puzzling Reemergence of Partisanship. The Great Transition. The Consequences of Change. Changing Party Compositions and Voter Response. Split Outcomes in House Districts. The Rise and Decline of Split-Ticket Voting and Party Defections. Changes in Party Identification. The Future of Partisanship.show more

About Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Jeffrey M. Stonecash is professor of political science at Syracuse University. His publications include Class and Party in American Politics and Political Polling.show more

Review quote

A fresh and compelling view on partisan change... Creative and insightful. - Harold W. Stanley, Southern Methodist Universityshow more